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Averie MacDonald


Averie MacDonald is a recent j-school graduate with a passion for storytelling and multimedia journalism. Her other interests include art, culture, new media, children's rights and Simon and Garfunkel. Though she is currently based in Toronto, Averie will be interning at RadioFlashFM in Kigali, Rwanda for the summer of 2012. "Excited" doesn't even come close.
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Heading to Rwanda Part 5: Top Stories From my Amazing Journey

Working 11+ hours a day Monday through Friday and trying to see and experience a country on the weekends doesn't leave much time for blogging regularly. In this post I want to take you back to some of the most memorable stories I did while in Rwanda. Remember, I was working as a reporting intern at a commercial radio station in Kigali, Rwanda's capital.
09/13/2012 05:32 EDT
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Heading to Rwanda Part 4: Stumbling into Stories

I am incredibly lucky to be interning at a Rwandan radio station as a reporter and newsreader. But a lot of the time I find things don't work out quite the way they did in Canada. I have to remind myself to relax on an almost hourly basis. In Canada, I was so used to planning everything, controlling everything, always being prepared. Here in Rwanda, that approach doesn't always fly, and for a while, I felt like I was getting nowhere, until...
08/03/2012 05:25 EDT
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Heading to Rwanda Part 3: Life as a "Muzungu"

In the past three weeks, I have had enough new experiences to last me for at least three years, if not more. There's one thing I still haven't quite gotten used to here. Even though I live in Toronto these days, where I'm used to walking amongst crowds of people with different backgrounds, homelands and skin tones, I've never really experienced life as a minority. And I am starting to realize what an incredibly valuable experience this is.
07/16/2012 12:14 EDT

Heading to Rwanda Part 2: Airplane Access Denied

My passport had plenty of time on it for just my trip to Rwanda -- but I am going to Kenya after and by then, my passport would have had about four months left on it. I decided not to risk it and got my passport renewed (even paid a pretty penny to put a rush on it!). I thought "Now I'll be fine, right?" Wrong! When I showed up to the airport in Toronto, all ready to head off for my African adventure, I was not allowed to get on the plane...
07/03/2012 11:57 EDT

Heading to Rwanda Part 1: Who, Me? Nervous?

About four years ago, when I first discovered how to use those handy virtual memos on my (then brand-new) MacBook, I started two notes: "things I would like to do in the near future," and "things I would like to do in my lifetime." In less than a week, I'll hit delete on the words "go to Africa." I will be boarding a plane for Rwanda to do a radio internship. It's the African country I have most wanted to visit since I was a pre-teen.
06/27/2012 05:25 EDT